Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. Insists On Disability Pay As Condition For Leaving Office

We have previously discussed how Jesse Jackson Jr. disappeared for months without explanation while federal investigators sought information on allegations that he tried to buy a Senate seat and that he used campaign funds on his home. He then was admitted to the Mayo Clinic for pyschological problems but insisted on running for reelection (without campaigning). He won handily and pledged to serve his constituents . . . while he reportedly negotiated a criminal plea bargain. He left Mayo and there is now a report that Jackson is demanding a disability package in return for leaving office.

Investigators are reportedly also looking into $42,000 that they believe Jackson paid to buy an alleged mistress a Rolex watch.

As a threshold matter, it is unclear to me why there are serious plea bargain and disability discussions if Jackson used campaign funds to improve his home. The late Sen. Stevens was prosecuted for such misconduct. This would be a case of theft from his campaign of $20,000. Average people go to jail for a fraction of that amount in cases of theft or fraud. However, this is the son of Jesse Jackson.

There is now a report that Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife, Alderman Sandi Jackson, is being also investigated for her payments as a “consultant” for Jackson’s campaign with a monthly payment. For those of us familiar with the Jackson family business in politics, none of this is particularly surprising. Yet, voters in some of the poorest areas of Chicago continue to reelect Jackson and his wife.

In the meantime, Jackson continues to reportedly self-deal and, if this story is true, hold his office hostage to continuing federal support. This is all the more shocking if it is true that Jackson is negotiating a plea bargain. It is hard to imagine prosecutors seriously considering a reduction in charges against a powerful politician, let alone such a reduction while he holds up Congress for money. It also makes his non-campaign for reelection all the more problematic. As soon as he was reelected, the news account suggest he used his new term to leverage a disability payment (while telling his constituents that he was working for their interests).

Source: Politico

60 thoughts on “Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. Insists On Disability Pay As Condition For Leaving Office

  1. He might be a schmuck, but he is their schmuck.

    Even more evidence there is more than one system of justice: one for the political class, one for the well connected, and one for everyone else.

    send him to prison

  2. It is hard to imagine prosecutors seriously considering a reduction in charges against a powerful politician, let alone such a reduction while he holds up Congress for money.

    It would be hard to imagine that in a just universe, but my cynicky-sense says that in the U.S. (other countries too) once you have reached a certain point of power, you are immune from the same rules of law that apply to us proles. As George Carlin said, “There’s a club, and YOU aren’t in it.” I guess Jesse Jr. is, and so was his dad. Nice to see The Owner Class is letting some black folks in to join the crooked banksters, diaper-wearing U.S. Senators and other elite scum in the “Above the Law Club.”

    I wonder how the “made men” know they’re in? Is there an initiation rite, or do they get taught a secret handshake? Depending on how powerful a person is, does he or she get a printed card that says “You can get away with THESE crimes, but you are not at the MurderAnyoneYouWant level yet.”

  3. “The Jackson family..” JT impugns the father and mother and all who bear the name. Disability? Who pays it out of what fund or program? Is it like ScaliaCare? Give us some facts. JT impugns Chigaco. JT has not produced one lie, one fraud emited from this Jesse, and none as serious as JT’s employer has foisted on the academic community and the students who chose to go to law school at George Washington University based on such fraud. So who is worse? Jesse or JT?

  4. The difference between JJJr. and Stevens is the fact that there are billboards all over the South Side with the president and JJJr. holding hands and endorsing each other. We’ve been laughing about Sandi Jackson’s consulting business for years here. The Chicago papers have done stories on it. The Jackson’s have always insisted they obtained a legal opion from federal election authorities before his wife got the contract to consult for him. Everyone in town laughs and knows this is bullsh**. No one really knows what she’s done to earn her fees in a district where he runs unapposed. I am absolutely convinced he was told by the Feds he was going to have to go down on something during the Blago prosecution, but they were going to time it so the Democratic party could control his seat and so Obama would have less egg on his face. A deal will be made on Holder’s/Obama’s orders now that they don’t have any political fall-out to worry about.

  5. His father was never prosecuted for all of the money he made his nonprofit pay out to his mistress with whom he fathered a child out of wedlock. Like father, like son. At least the father didn’t fake a mental illness as an excuse for his infidelity.

  6. Jr. obviously didn’t learn how to skim and shakedown as well as his old man. The investigation of his wife is probably because the plea negotiations broke down. The Feds used that tactic w/ Blago and one of Blago’s errand boys. With the errand boy it was his girlfriend, he flipped, Blago as we know just dug in his heels. This is Chicago folks. You’re dealing w/ entrenched crooks who have stolen w/ impunity..hell they get reelected. The city takes a perverse pride in their corrupt reputation. So, if you want to take them down you got to throw one under the chin sometimes. “The Chicago way.”

  7. “As a threshold matter, it is unclear to me why there are serious plea bargain and disability discussions if Jackson used campaign funds to improve his home. The late Sen. Stevens was prosecuted for such misconduct. This would be a case of theft from his campaign of $20,000. Average people go to jail for a fraction of that amount in cases of theft or fraud. However, this is the son of Jesse Jackson.”

    Not that I want to interrupt the lynch mob because that is so much more fun than actually considering the evidence, but is it inconceivable that the feds case against Jackson is not air tight? That’s one of the typical reasons a plea bargain is offered.

  8. Just a wild stab. This would not be a disability settlement under Social Security, but something specially designed to satisfy Jackson’s whim. I guess the one thing I could say is that the erratic, grandiose “demands” of Jackson may well be consistent with the manic phase associated with true bipolar disorder which, generally, is often too readily and loosely diagnosed.

  9. DonS
    1, November 16, 2012 at 10:43 am
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    Bingo!

    and sometimes the Dx is spot on…..

  10. Swarthmore mom, Evidence shows that once in Congress for 10 years or more the disability to recognize ones past, and past values infects the mind of politicians. It has been diagnosed as “AmnesiaticConvienititus” The only cure for it is a large shadowy acquired bank account.

  11. Bukko
    I wonder how the “made men” know they’re in? Is there an initiation rite, or do they get taught a secret handshake? Depending on how powerful a person is, does he or she get a printed card that says “You can get away with THESE crimes, but you are not at the MurderAnyoneYouWant level yet.”

    Bloggo made a BIG mistake, he foolishly mixed up his membership in the Hair Club for men certificate with his apprenticeship card for the M.A.Y.W. Club. :)

  12. What is his diagnosed illness? He would not be admitted if he did not have some diagnosed illness. If you dont know what it is then get off of his case. If he is bi polar then tell us which two polars he has. If you say he is seeking disability then tell us what you know. Throw real rocks not snow cones. Pretty soon the law students at GW are going to be asking JT for a refund because they paid more because the place had a great rating based on lies and JT got paid more to teach based on what the kids pay. So, who is conning who in Washington DC? If Jesse has an illness then quit beating up on him. And if he does not and is faking it then tell us what you know.

  13. Darren Smith
    1, November 16, 2012 at 12:50 am
    He might be a schmuck, but he is their schmuck.

    Even more evidence there is more than one system of justice: one for the political class, one for the well connected, and one for everyone else.

    send him to prison

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    Along with Patraeus … just tryin’ to be consistent.

  14. Buster, while you seem to have a righteous rant on just now, still I wonder, do you think that Jackson the younger’s criminal charges should be mitigated due to a diagnosed disorder? Perhaps he should be adjudicated guilty by reason of some diagnosed disorder, which might render a more onerous outcome than a criminal conviction or plea. What about the issue of fitness to serve? Jackson seems to be acknowledging his lack of fitness himself and is just negotiating the terms of leaving. Maybe even drop the criminal charges. What do you think? And why does the specific diagnosis matter in the legal/political sense when the behavioral results seem clearly disabling?

  15. What the hell are the Republicans doing while all this is going on? They have been going batsh*t crazy trying to find something to latch on to in criticizing the Dems and Obama. Why they have raised hell and demanded Jackson’s resignation is beyond me, as is the fact that Republicans (and Faux News) have not ran with this story.

  16. Waldo, In Cook County you want to try and avoid a jury trial @ all cost unless you’re a personal injury plaintiff’s attorney or criminal defense. That’s why it’s so hard to get criminal pleas, prosecutors know they go in w/ an 0-1 count vis a vis juries. Personal injury defense attorney, 0-2 count. I worked for a large insurance defense firm, very few trials in Cook County, many more in surrounding counties where there is some sanity.

  17. nick,
    while I agree that Cook County juries are more generous than the collar counties when it comes to personal injury matters, the rest of your statement about prosecutors are at a disadvantage overall is not based in fact. If there is any delay in getting a criminal case to trial, it is usually the overall caseload that determines the timing. The prosecutors are plenty effective in getting pleas and winning trials.

  18. Waldo,
    if the Feds have a solid case against Jackson, he would be already be in front of a judge. The feds have been very effective in the last decade or so in getting corruption convictions.

  19. Do I detect a smidgeon of racism here? Perhaps a good deal of schadenfreude to perk up our Romney depressions?
    A lot of jump on the bandwagon no matter its relevance or appropriateness?

    How many white polisticians throughout the centuries have paraded by without even being outed in the least.
    And now we have a political family that have parleyed Pappas position as the black mayor of Chicago which includes getting a little goodies all expect of them. WOW!

    Good work Buster Cherry!

    I particualarly appreciated this bit, which simply implies that the blacks who vote have visited many bars before hand. Cool?
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    Blouise
    1, November 16, 2012 at 12:29 am
    Chicago has more bars per capita than any other large American city.

    Lots of places to stop on the way to the polls.
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  20. There is and was a school of psychiatry at Barnes Hospital and Washington University in Saint Louis called the Renardian School. Their main front was that all of Freud was a fraud and that all mental illness was organic and could be treated with shock treatment, drugs and brain surgery. Schizophrenia became widely diagnosed so they eased up a bit on white anglo suburbanites and sttarted diagnosing folks with mild cases or the lower eschelons of illness as having bi polar disorders. it is easier on the pallet at cocktain discussions about Uncle Sidney. We dont know if Tom Eagleton was bi polar or half grizzly and half arctic polar but he got the shock treatmetns and when the news was released it got heard round the world. He got kicked off the ticket. So now we have a guyin and out of the Mayonzise Clinic for alleged bi polar symptions and yet no one has put his medical reconds on the record here. It is all hearsay and innuendo. But we know he is a patient and being treated. Now we have hearsay about him wanting to get disability and leave Congress. Gee, they have disability insurance or somesuch program? Lifetime medical for self and family evend after we retire, like that RepubliCon guy who retired and has his kid on life tenure for medical care. He had a funny name and ran for President and lost out to the gypsie. Paterno? No. Plenty? Nah. Anyway, in the last few weeks we have had these articles here on the blog about Jesse Junior (I cant believe he is 47 years old already). Jeso, a member of Congress with bi polar and no details about whether it is two white polars or a comination of grizzily but they keep saying bi polar. Then we hear that his wi8e has an expensive Rolex watch. I have an expensive looking one too but mine is not worth ten bucks, its a fake. I bought a Senate Seat for five bucks in DC and I sit on it as I write this comment. Lets pick on MLK while we are at it and perhaps his kid.

    The people of Chicago in this guys District vote for him to vote for them and to do so the right way. That is what we send them up there to do. To Vote Democrat. Early and Often. Vote for Health Care. Vote against right wing nut stuff. I can give a rats arse if his wife has a fake Rolex. I wish I lived in his District. I got some RepubliCon som itchinBay who thinks that we need to secede from the Union and who takes money off of guys on K Street and takes home Hookers from C Street. Or is it the other way around? Someone please enlighten me.

  21. @Nick
    I practice as a criminal defense attorney in Cook County (mostly at 26th and California) and in the Federal Dist Court for the Northern Dist. of Illinois (in which Chicago is located). Your statements about the prosecutors in this area being hamstrung by the juries here is nonsense.
    @rafflaw
    I’m not sure I agree that JJJr. would already be indicted if the Feds really had the goods. I think there’s a very real possibility he’s being treated with kid gloves ( and sloooowwww kid gloves). And that this slow dance was to time this mess after the election. I live in the south burbs in JJJr.’s district, and yes, I’ve voted for him every time save the last election, when I just couldn’t do it any more. Raghuveer Nayak, the bag man who approached Blago with the offer to buy JJJr. Obama’s vacated seat, testified at the ex-governer’s trial that there was a definate quid pro quo for the money being raised by JJJr. for Blago (I think it was $2 mil.) It has never been explained by the US Atty. or anyone else why JJJr. wasn’t indicted along with Blago. I definately think Obama made a call (and yes, I voted for him too, though without much enthusiasm the second time).

  22. Seamus, I didn’t work criminal cases in Cook County, although I did get to know a couple prosecutors. As you might expect, they would lament Cook County juries. And since you work criminal defense, you obviously have the same lament. I should have limited my comment to political criminal prosecutions. I was talking out of my ass inluding ALL criminal prosecutions. I plead guilty. However, the Blago hung jury was a stunner to me. I’ll defer to you seamus, but I’m sure you realize prosecutors in Cook County would disagree. I respect people w/ real world experience. I worked as an investigator for the prosecutors office in Jackson County, Mo. Back in the 70’s we had an advantage, but not a big one. I don’t know the current climate. My work in Chicago was early to mid 80’s, and as stated previously, civil defense work.

  23. Millions of people support people the Jacksons with the rationalization that
    this is merely payback, blowback, or reparations by a different name.

    Thus, to their supporters, it’s nothing to get upset about. Envious, perhaps. but not anger, or desire to them punished any more than they already have been and continue to be, because of the color of their skin.

    Okay, NPRers, start your denial engines, and let ’em sputter.

  24. Bill McWilliams, “That’s racist.” A tongue in cheek comment on that grossly overused two words. Young people of all races understand that. “That’s racist” is now a joke phrase w/ young people of all races when someone makes any comments adverse to any black person. Quite a culture has evolved, don’t you think?

  25. i remember the Jackson’s were on the HGTV network show vying for a $50,000 home makeover contest. Guess they found another way to get their home re-done.
    And Sandi should go down…she is like Carmella Soprano, the beneficiary of her spouse’s criminal activity.

    I frankly would think Jr. would rather plead this out instead of having a very public trial with his white mistress testifying about the airplane trips and trysts.

  26. @Nick

    The hung jury wasn’t that amazing (Sam Adam Jr., Blago’s Atty, would have the general public think otherwise. I don’t blame him since it was great for marketing). In reality it was only one juror who was holding the whole thing up. The jury was hanging by a thread. His lead attorney, Adam, bolted from the retrial after milking the hung jury for all it was worth (P.T. Barnum – style) During the first trial he was getting his ass chewed-out by the judge for not knowing federal procedure almost every day. The real triple-level, through-the-looking-glass, mind-f**k is that it looks like Sam Adam Jr. is going to take a run at JJJr.’s seat if there’s a special election. He doesn’t even live in the frickin’ district!!! I actually like Sam. But it ridiculous that he’s being pushed by the black Democratic machine for no other reason apparently than name recognition.

  27. It is just amazing……. Defending a swindler and calling Obamas AG a lynch mob……. I love it….. A true nonobjective party hack…… If you’re not part of the solution…..you are the problem…..

  28. r.spinelli –

    If what you wrote is meant to be taken as high-brow humor, maybe others here understood, but I don’t have a clue what your point is. Do you, by chance? If you are an offended minority, I’m sorry if you feel hurt.

    To make someone mad, tell them a lie.
    To make them furious, tell them the truth.

  29. What is the purpose of “disability insurance” for members of Congress or any other working stiff in the lower 48? If one is disabled does one not qualify for this benefit? I wonder if they have disability insurance at George Washington University or at Bain Capital. Maybe someone needs to introduce a bill in Congress to do away with any disability program for members of Congress and for federal employees. But until they do why is this guy getting all the arrows week after week for being in the Mayonaise Clinic? Do you want to imply that he is a drunk or a druggie? Is that what bi polar is? Half drunk and half coked up? Innuendo. Perhaps its guilt by association. We know that the Mayo Clinic is just full of drunks and druggies. Right JT” Smear and I dont mean pap smear. It is time that we throw some rocks at schools that lie about their rankings and qualifications. Just the other day I heard that Harvard slipped a notch.

  30. Raff,

    I have to agree with Seamus on this….. Knowing how the inside of the AGs office works….. It’s very plausible…..especially if a politically connected family…..

  31. Seamus,

    “That’s racist”! Remember what NickS wrote above about the phrase.

    I mean, he did his time, is a Rhodes scholar, lawyer (debarred?), and worker for the good of youth. A little fraud never hurts, just shows you got what it takes to be a politician. Agreed?

    Good newspaper. Read it often? LOL. IMHO.

  32. Id707,

    I’ve been pondering all day ROs post and yours….besides the misspelled word…. It seemed pretty clear….. But then yours befuddled me….. Being mulled does not even attract smack lovers….. What does that mean….. Thanks….

  33. N. Spinelli, this is dead on:“That’s racist” is now a joke phrase w/ young people of all races when someone makes any comments adverse to any black person”. They do make a distinction if something is truly a racial slur.

    I have three teenagers and a parade of other teenagers going through my house, of all colors, and I hear it all the time. Drives me nuts, especially when they long left me out of the joke just so they could condescend to my lectures.

  34. Ariel,

    “They do make a distinction if something is truly a racial slur.”

    And how is the distinction made that elevates the slur to “truly”?

  35. David, I thought a special election had to be held. but I think there’s close to a four month maximum period of time to do it in. An interim appointee may have a significant advantage as an ‘incumbent’.

    In my state Missouri the Governor appoints to fill the vacancy until the next regular election. I voted for a dead candidate knowing that the Governor would appoint someone from the same party as the winning (but deceased) candidate.

  36. I worked untilI retired to draw Social Security, I was taught you were to work unit retirement to draw Social Security. I guess it is who you know, but that is why Social Security will go broke for those who deserve it. Think about it JJJ.
    Rad

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